Thursday, April 1, 2010
Saint Eustachio, a coffee institution in Rome
Saint Eustachio is a coffee instutition in Rome, and known the world over. It was started in 1938 - with the current mosaic's and furnishings still original. It is now run by brothers Raimondo and Roberto Ricci. They carried on the tradition by selection the best coffee varieties that are prepared with a legendary secret blend. There are 6 tables outside, where you can sit and watch the world go by.
Then inside, you can perch at the counter if you just want to drink on the run.
On our first of many visits, we try a the signature Caffè d'élite which is the Sant’Eustachio coffee. We also order a Gran Cafe, which is Sant’Eustachio Coffee, only larger and creamier. It's not known exactly what they do to the coffee, but I heard rumors that these mentioned brews see the first few drops of espresso whipped with sugar, and the remainder of the espresso drip then added. All of this is sheltered, and quite secret, so I can't tell you ... They are both definitely sweet though, and have the presence of sugar crystals.
We return most mornings for our coffee and pastry fix while staying in Rome, and mostly enjoy just being a part of everyday Italian life, which always starts with a pastry and a coffee.
Sant’Eustachio Il Caffé
Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82
00186, Rome, Italy
T&F: + (0) 39 06 68802048
Sunday to Thursday 8.30am - 01.00am
Friday 8.30am – 01.30am
Saturday 8.30am – 02.00am